A New Attitude
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds…”
When we begin the process of transformation in renewing our mind by the Word of God, we are often besieged with old ways of thinking from our former way of life. The influences of “the world, the flesh and the devil” continue to try to direct our thoughts, words, and actions.
These negative attitudes are prevalent in prison. Surrounded by constant talk of past offenses, present trials, and future plans for “getting up”, it is sometimes difficult to think positively about our own situation. We can easily be discouraged if we don’t separate ourselves from the crowd.
Paul instructs us to consciously remind ourselves that our old man is dead and our new man is alive in Christ Jesus. We can choose to ignore the enemy’s deceitful attempts to appeal to our old man’s fleshly desires.
We must adopt a new attitude toward life – one based solidly on the wisdom, hope, peace and love found in the truth of God’s Word.
Begin today to make positive choices to divorce yourself from the type of thinking that has been destroying your life and has now landed you in prison. Separate yourself from those who are still thinking and talking like you did before you were saved.
Adopt a new attitude. Be made new.
Dive Deeper: Study Ephesians 4.